Small Business Administration
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters.
PHOENIX — Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona that will help small businesses here in the state impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses can be eligible for up to $2 million through the program.
The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. Small businesses throughout the entire state that fit this criteria are eligible.
Arizona businesses impacted by COVID-19 may apply for the loan HERE.
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What businesses are eligible to apply?
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (or working capital loans) are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations
* Businesses directly affected by the disaster
* Businesses that offer services directly related to the businesses in the declaration
* Other businesses indirectly related the industry that are likely to be harmed by losses in their community
(Example: Manufacturer of widgets may be eligible as well as the wholesaler and retailer of the product.)
What is the criteria for a loan approval?
Credit History-Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
Repayment –SBA must determine that the applicant business has the ability to repay the SBA loan.
Eligibility- The applicant business must be physically located in a declared county and suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster, not due to a downturn in the economy or other reasons.
How much can I borrow?
Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million.
The interest rates for this disaster are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years.
Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size (must be a small business) and type of business and its financial resources.
How can I use the loan funds?
These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits or for expansion.
What are the collateral requirements?
Economic Injury Disaster Loans over $25,000 require collateral.
SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available.
SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but requires borrowers to pledge what is available.
What kinds of small businesses can apply?
Examples of eligible industries include but are not limited to the following: hotels, recreational facilities, charter boats, manufactures, sports vendors, owners of rental property, restaurants, retailers, souvenir shops, travel agencies, and wholesalers.
What other criteria is involved?
The applicant business must have a physical presence in the declared disaster area. An applicant’s economic presence alone in a declared area does not meet this requirement. The physical presence must be tangible and significant. Merely having a P.O. Box in the disaster area would not qualify as a physical presence.
SBA’s Working Capital Loans are Different from Other SBA Loans
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDLs) funds come directly from the U.S. Treasury.
Applicants do not go through a bank to apply. Instead apply directly to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Program at: DisasterLoan.sba.gov
There is no cost to apply.
There is no obligation to take the loan if offered.
The maximum unsecured loan amount is $25,000.
Applicants can have an existing SBA Disaster Loan and still qualify for an EIDL for this disaster, but the loans cannot be consolidated.
How to Apply
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Paper loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Assistance From SBA Partners
Free assistance with reconstructing financial records, preparing financial statements and submitting the loan application is available from any of SBA’s partners: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, Women’s Business Centers (WBC), and Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers and local Chambers of Commerce.
For the nearest office, visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance
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